As tomorrow’s leaders, Black youth work to build confidence in the areas of Public Speaking and Communication.. Workshops work to develop a sense of belonging. Being PRESENT and having PRESENCE in every room they enter while overcoming the fear behind taking a seat at a table where they may be apprehensive because they do not see someone of their own reflection staring back at them. It’s about believing there’s no journey or bar to high to achieve.

By focusing participants in 3 areas:

  1. Self Care: Self-Awareness, Self-Confidence, Reflection and Emotional Well-Being
  2. Career Planning: Financial Literacy, Learning the Law, Building your Resume, Communication
  3. Networking Strategies: Intro to Networking, Putting Yourself Out There, Community Involvement

Areas will act as a lead in to the introduction of our 3 pillars of community and the workplace by focusing on 3 basics elements “cultivating true inclusion”, “fostering a sense of belonging” and “creating a pipeline to success”. Participants will explore various workshops that focus on conquering ideas with a “Yes we can!’ mindset. In our program, we celebrate their differences, develop leadership and address self-care by equipping our youth with the tools, techniques, and support needed

Workshop Facilitators

Christopher Infantry is passionate about rapidly furthering environmental sustainability via the use of solar energy and a plant-based diet. Dedicated to helping the planet and its inhabitants become happier and healthier, Christopher also motivates and trains others to continuously outperform themselves. He holds a Masters from Columbia University and a Bachelors from Carleton University. Christopher is a member of the LMM Toronto Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi and will be discussing the history of Black Fraternities, the Toronto Chapter and their commitment in the Black Community of Toronto.


Nadine Thornhill, Ed.D is a sexuality educator, speaker and author. For over 12 years, she has been helping families, teachers and community organizers communicate openly and honestly about sexuality, health and relationships. Nadine’s areas of focus include child and adolescent sexuality, sex-ed curricula, and family sex education. In 2018, Nadine produced the YouTube series #SaveSexEd based on the sex education components of Ontario’s 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum. Tanya has supported the EDGE program for 6 years. She facilitates the workshops: “Addressing Mental Health” an “Healthy Relationships and Sexual Wellness”



Tanya possesses over 15 years of Human Resources experience that include Talent Management, Organizational Design, Training and Development, Diversity& Inclusion, Leadership and Management coaching. In her current role as Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion North America for Publicis Sapient, she is a key member of the North America leadership team. She partners with her Global Regional counterparts to conceive, create, implement, and execute DE&I Strategy Solutions that drive business results and people development for all. Tanya facilitates “Career Navigation in the Virtual World”

TMBUK2 Education specializes in planning and delivering in-home tutoring to learners from kindergarten through grade 12 and adult education. At current, TMBUK2 operates within Brampton, Ontario. TMBUK2 was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Celina Reyes and Marlon Redley-Smith. Both are Education Analysts and Program creators. This team facilitates the Navigating Education in a Virtual World and the STEAM workshops for the Senior and Junior Participants.

Steve Anderson is the Deputy Mayor for the Town of Shelburne and a Regional Councillor for the County of Dufferin. In addition, Steve is a Senior practicing litigation lawyer with over 16 years of experience with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) where he has received several awards for his distinguished service. Steve was proud to be named by the Toronto Star as one of the Top 50 Jamaicans in the GTA in 2013 and equally proud of his acknowledgement by the House of Commons for his community service. Steve has recently added the title of Author with the highly anticipated release of his first book “Driven to Succeed.” He is a proud father of two children Asia and Devante. Steve is facilitating “Understanding the Power of the Vote”.

Janelle  McCarthy is a Charter Member and the current Vice President of the Greater Toronto Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Since her initiation in 2007, she has served in a variety of leadership positions within the sorority, including chapter Vice President (current), Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Budget, Finance, and Fundraising Chair. Janelle is a proud graduate of The Lincoln University (PA), the first degree granting Historically Black College and University in the United States, where she earned a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in History and Black Studies.  Janelle now serves as the Director, Legal Services & Corporate Secretary for the Toronto Port Authority.

Our core workshops include:

  • Ballroom, Hip Hop and Modern Dancing
  • Parent Ballroom workshops
  • Canadian Black History
  • Career Panel “Lived-It” discussions
  • Civic Duties
  • Dining Etiquette and Social Graces
  • Financial Planning and Taxes
  • Financial Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership and Time Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Resume writing
  • Selling You
  • Social Media – Your Digital Footprint
  • The Law and You

Workshop Location:

EDGE East Workshops:

Malvern Methodist Church

2 Morningview Trail
(North East corner of Morning side Road & Morningview Trail)
Scarborough, Ontario


EDGE West Workshops:

Save Max Sports Centre

1495 Sandalwood Parkway
(410 & Sandalwood)
Brampton, Ontario

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